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April 10 Update

Posted on May 20, 2020 at 3:30 PM

On March 16th, beginning at midnight, the Governor mandated closure of all day-care facilities, and on March 19, 2020 the Governor announced the Closure of All Businesses That Are Not Life-Sustaining. Since child care is not considered life-sustaining in general, all child care certain are to remain closed until the Governor lifts the closure mandate.

Until Governor Wolf lifts the order, child care programs in Pennsylvania must remain closed unless they meet a specific requirement such as family daycares and group homes.


All of the Children's Place Preschools will be closed until further notice.


In the meantime, we are providing free meals at our Longshore location (4416 Longshore Avenue) every Monday and Wednesday. We are also handing out free Pampers and wipes on Saturdays. Please see the flyer above for more info.

Kids Grab & Go Update

Posted on May 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM

We are still providing meals to go for ALL children at our Longshore location (4416 Longshore Avenue)! Same days and times.

Meals distributed to PreK kids, but expansion is needed

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 11:20 PM


Chef Chip Panico’s mission is keeping PreK kids fed and nourished. The School District of Philadelphia is providing free meals to students during the school year and the shutdown – but what about families with children aged 6 months to Pre-K?


Thanks to funding secured by It Takes a Village to Feed One Child, a nonprofit that provides meals to children, Panico is able to distribute meals to those young ones in need. On Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., families will be able to pick up meals from sites like Children’s Place Longshore and others to keep their child nourished.


Last week, about 120 kids received three meals each during the two days the tent was set up at Children’s Place. Panico is distributing meals at four locations throughout the city, including Over the Rainbow Preschool at 4301 Tyson Ave., which will also be distributing meals to families of the center on a similar schedule.

It’s a good start, but Panico wants to expand. Under the Child and Adult Care Food Program, he’s contracted to distribute meals only at sites he’s already contracted to work at, and only to children who are signed up to use that center.


“Kids that aren’t in these centers that live in his neighborhood – how are they getting fed?” Panico said.

Free Meals for Our Families

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 11:20 PM

Happy Birthday, Mayor Kenney!

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 10:05 PM

Last week we had the opportunity to show Mayor Jim Kenney our new facility at Longshore, which hosts a PHLpreK program, and surprise him with a birthday celebration! Check out a video from the event below:

Grand Opening of New Facility!

Posted on February 6, 2019 at 9:05 AM

We are excited to announce great opening a new facility at 4416 Longshore Avenue in Philadelphia!

The new facility will be larger than our current facility on Longshore Avenue, and is open and ready to enroll for summer camp  of 2019.

We encourage anyone interested to call  (215) 333-2211 in order to get a spot for our summer program. Details about our summer camp program are posted on the home page.

Your new weekend plans + Easter celebrations!

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 9:05 PM

You've got plenty of options. Try fishing in Fishtown, see a free show at the Free Library, or take some time for family art appreciation at PAFA or the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Click here to see a list of family fun events happening in Philly!

Celebrate Easter? Hunt eggs, brunch with the Easter Bunny, and celebrate spring at these fun events. This is not a complete list, so be sure to click here for the full list!

Easter Hoppin’ Workshop at SplashLab Arts

March 18, 24, 25, and 31, 10—11 am

3510 Scotts Lane #2911, Philadelphia, PA

Hop on over for a full Easter crafting session. Create a mini Easter hanging basket, learn the process of print making with paint and potatoes, and welcome in spring with handmade sun catchers for your window!

Easter Egg Hunt at Please Touch Museum

March 24, 9 am–2 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

Bring your own basket to the Please Touch Museum for a hunt that’s sure to be “an EGGS-citing time!”

Penn Treaty Park Easter Egg Hunt

March 24, 11 am — 2 pm

1199 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia

Free Easter egg hunt with prizes for all.

The Great Glen Foerd Easter Egg Hunt

March 24, 10 am — 1 pm

5001 Grant Ave., Philadelphia

When children aren’t hunting for eggs at this historic mansion on the Delaware, they are welcome to visit with the Easter Bunny, enjoy children’s crafts, enjoy delicious treats from the Dining Car, or participate in the Settlement Music School Kardon Northeast Branch’s Children’s Music Workshop. The Children’s Music Workshop will be held at noon, but kids will be invited throughout the event to explore instruments and the fun of music.

East Passyunk Easter Egg Hunt

March 24, 10:30 am

South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, 1430 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia

Kids will decorate egg-collecting bags, pose for photos with the Easter Bunny, enjoy music from BenFM and then hunt for eggs filled with toys and candy (staggered by age group).

Easter Celebration

March 25, 2 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Northeast Regional Branch, 2228 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia

Come for a free afternoon of stories, an egg hunt, and egg dyeing.

Tips to Help Your Child Succeed!

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 6:10 PM

How can you help your child succeed in the classroom?


  • Making sure your child attends class every day he/she is healthy.
  • Giving your child a sense of pride in his/her schoolwork.
  • Reading many stories and poems to your child.
  • Seeing that your child practices good eating habits.
  • Seeing that your child gets enough sleep.
  • Taking time to listen, to encourage, and to show an interest in the things your child does at school.
  • Helping your child to help himself/herself whenever possible.
  • Letting the school know where you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
  • Teaching your child to dress properly (tie shoe laces, fasten buckles, button and zipper clothing).
  • Notifying the school of any change of daily routine (a different destination after school, someone different to pick your child up, etc.).
  • Enriching your childs vocabulary by reading to him/her, by taking him/her to a library, and by daily conversation.

Summer Camp Information Now Posted!

Posted on July 5, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Grants for Homeowners

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 6:40 PM


Foundations pledge $1m to repair Philadelphia rowhouses



The Healthy Rowhouse Project has announced that it has received nearly $1 million in grants to fund a three-year project to create new programs to repair the homes of low-income renters and homeowners in Philadelphia. The grants include $820,228 from Oak Foundation for the first three years of the project and $175,000 from The Barra Foundation.


The funding will enable the Project to hire an Executive Director who will be tasked with developing the policy, financing, and business models required to provide home repairs at scale, improve the health of Philadelphians, and preserve critical affordable housing. As the initiative progresses, the goal is to equip for-profit and nonprofit service providers with the resources and tools they need to assist 5,000 households each year.


“There are government and non-profit partners providing home repairs in Philadelphia, but the need so outstrips the demand that wait lists are four or more years long, and thousands of Philadelphians are forced to live in substandard housing,” said Karen Black, co-founder of The Healthy Rowhouse Project. “Healthy Rowhouse is devoted to the idea of using creative financing to extend home repair help to thousands more Philadelphians each year.”


“Rowhouses are an extraordinary asset and allow Philadelphia to offer homeownership to a higher share of low-income households than almost any city in the country, but these homes are deteriorating faster than their owners can repair them,” said Kiki Bolender, the Project’s co-founder. “In many cases, the homes are making residents sick.”


In Philadelphia, where 70 percent of all housing units are rowhouses and 75 percent of those homes are over 50 years old, deteriorating rowhouses create financial burden and health issues for residents. One example is a leaking roof, which if left in disrepair because a homeowner cannot afford to fix it can lead to a host of problems including mildew, mold, lead paint and pests, and can create or perpetuate health conditions like asthma and lead poisoning in vulnerable populations.


“We’re talking about roughly $10,000 in repairs per home, but the benefits of maintaining these homes are extraordinary,” said Bolender. “Families are able to stay in homes they have had for generations, the culture of our neighborhoods remains strong, and residents miss fewer days of work and school.”


In its first year, the Healthy Rowhouse Project will address the following goals:


Determine how many Philadelphia homes need repairs that the owners cannot afford and how many substandard homes are making their residents sick,

Research all existing home repair programs across the country to determine how to bring home repairs to scale,

Identify financing to pay for the repair of 5,000 homes per year,

Work collaboratively with experts and stakeholders in the fields of health, housing, community development and planning to achieve project goals, and

Work with potential customers and determine what kind of assistance is needed.

To learn more about the Healthy Rowhouse Project, click here